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Mirko Cro Cop Returning To Kickboxing, Says K-1 in March

Many fans today know Mirko Cro Cop from his storied MMA career, where he was one of the best strikers in the sport for a long time. Mirko has declined since winning the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix in 2006, and a number of reasons could be cited as to why. He is now out of the UFC for the second time, after dropping three in a row, getting stopped with strikes in all three.

In a recent video interview, Mirko said that he is returning to kickboxing, specifically saying that he'd be fighting on March 10 in Zagreb, Croatia. No opponent is set yet, but a name that's been floating around is Dzevad Poturak. It's tough to imagine Mirko winning in kickboxing after getting knocked out three times in a row in MMA, but he said, "It's much easier to prepare for a K-1 bout...You don't have much grappling and fighting on the mat. It's much easier."

Cro Cop also details the injury to his right arm and how he is rushing back against his doctor's advice. He said that he is essentially right now with one arm and two legs. I don't think it's a good idea for Cro Cop to be rushing back from an injury, especially at this stage in his career. Nevertheless, everytime we think Cro Cop is done, he comes back and fights again, whether he should or shouldn't.

What's also significant about this is that Cro Cop says he will be fighting for K-1. With K-1's FIKA format supposedly staging national tournaments until April, this fits the mold as it's in Croatia. I still wouldn't get 100% behind this as official though. Cro Cop is also talking of K-1 as a sport, and that's common in Europe so he could just be fighting in a kickboxing show using K-1 rules. We don't know yet and we'll just have to wait until K-1/FIKA make their announcement soon.

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Dana White's Ethical Quandary of Rape Jokes

Of late, Mixed Martial Artists have found themselves under extreme scrutiny for some of their public statements. The UFC has grown leaps in bounds in the past twenty years, becoming a household name with a television deal on Fox Sports. To say that the UFC came up hard would be an understatement. Over the years they have faced opposition from the government, from local sanctioning bodies and anyone and everyone who likes to talk about “decency.” Over the past few months, though, problems have been coming from within, in a bit of an odd form. Rape jokes.

For some reason rape jokes have become the gold standard for distasteful jokes made by UFC fighters. Forrest Griffin began the trend on his twitter account through a series of rape jokes that span months, only one of which really raised the ire of the media enough to report on it and make a big deal about it. Forrest Griffin, the winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter has a rather good relationship with UFC head Dana White and the issue was quickly swept under a rung in a coordinated PR move of Forrest doing a photo-op at a rape clinic, discussing how terrible rape is.

Forrest made a mistake, and a pretty weighty one that irked a lot of people. There was no punishment handed down, though, as Dana White was quick to defend the fighter’s actions by saying that he meant nothing by it and quickly made amends for his distasteful joke. The irony, of course, is that Forrest won a “Twitter Bonus” from the UFC for his “creative use” of Twitter.

This week things heated up again, as Rashad Evans at a UFC on Fox press conference made a joke about rape and PSU. If you have been out of the loop, a sex scandal has rocked Penn State recently after a few key players were found to be involved with or had knowledge of child molestation and rape. Rashad, another former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, has apparently been reprimanded by UFC boss Dana White, but not in any official or public manner. White has only gone as far as to call it “stupid.”

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Signs of a Possible K-1 Event in February Surface

There's supposed to be an announcement regarding FIKA/K-1's information and plans for 2012 soon, and today some of it might've gotten out a bit early.

Antoine Pinto (AKA Antuan Siangboxing), a French fighter based out of Thailand, tweeted today that he would be fighting in "the new K-1" at the end of February. While the quote is quite vague, a fighter is publicly stating that he's fighting for K-1 in February, so it must have some stock. The reason why I'd hold off on claiming truth is the situation with the Final 16 and how fighters were saying they were fighting on the card and the situation with the supposed Final 8 afterwards.

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Pinto is the type of fighter that K-1 has historically recruited in that he's got the looks that can draw female attention (Yeah, I know.). He also can speak in English, French and Thai. Pinto is also one of the most accessible fighters, being active on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and his management will even venture onto forums for him to provide the latest information. More kickboxers should take notes from him.

FIKA's plan on their website says that "until April 2012 a national tournament" when I put it into Google Translate and this may signify that they'll be kicking things off earlier than I thought. The key word is "until," which if I interpret it correctly, means that national tournaments will be held until April. I really have no idea if he'd be fighting in a national tournament but the fact that he says the end of February could mean that the FIKA format will be starting early in the year. Again, this is just all speculation on my part. We'll hopefully know more whenever the supposed FIKA announcement comes soon.

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Dave Jonkers Talks Sem Schilt and Clears the Air; GG and Sem Are OK

SemSem Schilt's coach Dave Jonkers spoke with the fine folks behind Short Circuit the other day, and was talking about Sem Schilt's financial situation at the moment and how he is owed a good chunk of money from K-1. As expected, Semmy Schilt will not fight for K-1 until he is paid, as he should. As can happen with interviews done via email, if you aren't exceedingly clear about your intentions, it can read much, much differently. Without a doubt there have been rumors of unrest within Golden Glory over the last six months or so, a lot of it having to do with a few business deals that have yet to materialize, including the K-1 deal.

Jonkers was quoted saying that Semmy does not fight until he gets paid, until there are financial reparations made for him. This was directly after a question about the Glory World Series and Semmy participating in that next event. It is fair enough to believe that Semmy not fighting would not simply be in K-1, but Glory World Series as well. If he wouldn't fight for his own management, it is very easy to imply that Schilt is unhappy with them. Jonkers was quick to correct the next day, saying that Semmy and Golden Glory are not at all on uncertain terms, the only uncertainty is the date of the next event and if Semmy will fight on that card, or if K-1 will pay up and he'll fight for them instead some time soon. [source]

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